Best of Subterranean
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Best of Subterranean

  • Editor: William Schafer
  • Pub. Date: 2017
  • Status: Forthcoming
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Best of Subterranean
Edited by William Schafer

Dust jacket illustration by Dave McKean

Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication Date: 2017
Trade Hardcover: $45
Limited Edition: $125

About the Book:
From its launch in 2005 to its final issue in 2014, Subterranean magazine published stories by the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy literature. From Hugo and Nebula winners to Pulitzer and Booker Prize finalists to New York Times bestsellers, this anthology collects 30 pieces of Subterranean’s best, representing diverse, breathtaking short fiction from today’s modern masters.

In “Last Breath” Joe Hill spins the tale of a man who collects the breaths of the dying for his haunting museum. Catherynne M. Valente’s “White Lines on a Green Field” chronicles what might happen if Coyote became a small town high school quarterback. Karen Joy Fowler’s “Younger Women” finds a woman confronting her daughter’s new boyfriend, who happens to be a vampire. Visit the Twilight Zone via George R.R. Martin in the script “The Toys of Caliban.” In Ted Chiang’s “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” the narratives of a journalist and a young man are told in contrast, both impacted by technology and literacy. And in Kelley Armstrong’s “The Screams of Dragons” a boy is declared a changeling and things only get stranger from there. Other pieces visit far-flung space and intimate sick rooms, the futuristic pyramids of the rich and a jungle where a man-eating tiger stalks a village.

The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer, is a must-have anthology that brings together more than 700 pages of stories as varied and distinguished as their authors, and which are utterly unforgettable.

Table of Contents:
Perfidia—Lewis Shiner
Game—Maria Dahvana Headley
The Last Log of the Lachrimosa—Alastair Reynolds
The Seventeenth Kind—Michael Marshall Smith
Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind—Rachel Swirsky
The Pile—Michael Bishop
The Bohemian Astrobleme—Kage Baker (not signing)
Tanglefoot—Cherie Priest
Hide and Horns—Joe R. Lansdale
Balfour and Meriwether in the Vampire of Kabul—Daniel Abraham
Last Breath—Joe Hill
Younger Women—Karen Joy Fowler
White Lines on a Green Field—Catherynne M. Valente
The Least of the Deathly Arts—Kat Howard
Water Can’t be Nervous—Jonathan Carroll
Valley of the Girls—Kelly Link
Sic Him, Hellhound! Kill! Kill!—Hal Duncan
Troublesolving—Tim Pratt
The Indelible Dark—William Browning Spencer
The Prayer of Ninety Cats—Caitlín R. Kiernan
The Crane Method—Ian R. MacLeod
The Tomb of the Pontifex Dvorn—Robert Silverberg (not signing)
The Toys of Caliban (script)—George R. R. Martin
The Secret History of the Lost Colony—John Scalzi
The Screams of Dragons—Kelley Armstrong
The Dry Spell—James P. Blaylock
He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes—Harlan Ellison® (not signing)
A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong—K. J. Parker
The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling—Ted Chiang
A Long Walk Home—Jay Lake (not signing)